KiwiTaxi on the Largest Airports in the World

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Kiwitaxi presents research on which airports are truly considered the largest ones in the world.

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Kiwitaxi is a Russian- British company and it was set-up over 3,5 years ago, initially as a transfer booking service for individual tourists.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (Atlanta, USA)

The largest airport in the world is definitely Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Georgia near Atlanta. Each year, there are more than 101 million people flying to or from this air hub. This airport has 6 terminals and 196 exits, and by this criterion, it is also the world record holder. Though Hartsfield-Jackson Airport mainly serves domestic flights, it also hosts not less than 33 airlines from around the world.

Interesting facts: The airport got its first name (Candler Field) from former Atlanta mayor and Coca-Cola tycoon Asa Candler. First, it was a piece of land with an abandoned airport. Later, the airport was renamed after two other mayors – one of whom administrated its construction with the other doing much to promote air travel within the state.

How to get to: Tourists can get there by city subway (MARTA), public buses, taxi, or shuttle transfers (individual or group).

O'Hare Airport (Chicago, USA)

This airport is another American champion. In 2005, it had 972,246 arrivals and departures registered (more than 2,500 ones a day). O'Hare hosts flights from 60 foreign air hubs and has four terminals and 186 exits.

Interesting facts: More than 1/6 of all flight cancellations in the USA are made at this airport, and that's why it has a bad reputation. On the other hand, this airport is loved by filmmakers – many scenes from classic Hollywood movies such as Sleepless in Seattle, Home Alone and others were shot here.

How to get to: Tourists can get to the terminals by the public transport (buses, subway, etc.) and regional shuttles. Those who are late for a day flight can always be taken there by taxi or KiwiTaxi private transfers.

Heathrow Airport

The English pearl of this list is London Heathrow Airport. This is the largest airport in Europe which handles up to 68 million passengers a year in its five terminals. Heathrow is used by over 90 airlines flying to 170 countries of the world.

Interesting facts: It's rare to see a crowned person taking part in building an airport, but in 1953, the first slab of the first modern runway was placed by Queen Elizabeth II.

How to get to: Heathrow is only 11 km away from London, so travelers can get to the city by underground, train, bus, or taxi. At the airport, there is Ultra personal rapid transit system which vehicles travel at speeds up to 40 km/h.

Haneda Airport (Tokyo, Japan)

Japanese Haneda Airport or Tokyo International Airport handles about 100,000 passengers each day. Though it operates mainly domestic flights (international ones are handled by Narita Airport), the number of its passengers can reach 75 million people a year. The airport has 3 terminals which serve 34 airlines.

Interesting facts: Terminal 1 (which is called "Big Bird") is built on a landfill. Local authorities used a piece of Tokyo Bay area for dumping, and later the airport authority took this fill to enlarge their terminal building.

How to get to: Tourists can get from the airport to the city by monorail, train (Keikyu Line), bus, or private transfer (KiwiTaxi, ShuttleDirect, FoxTransfe).

Los Angeles Airport (California, USA)

Los Angeles Airport is the last in the top five biggest airports of the world. 75 million people arrived here last year. The airport has 9 terminals and 4 runways. About 70,000 tourists and travelers arrive to the airport each day.

Interesting facts: In December 2015, the airport authority announced that it was going to build a special VIP terminal for famous actors and celebrities. One visit to this terminal will cost famous guests from $1695.The authority says that celebrities will be fully protected from paparazzi cameras and pushy fans.

How to get to: There are commercial and free shuttles running from the airport to the city which can take a tourist to the metro green line. For those who appreciate comfort, it is better to take a taxi or a private transfer.

The list of top largest airports is not always the same. Today the most visited air hub can be one place, and tomorrow it can be another. According to KiwiTaxi data, at least once every six months analysts collect information concerning amounts of passengers, quantities of airlines, terminal building areas, and then announce new leaders of this list. It may well be true that one of the airports described here will soon be replaced by a more progressive and modern one. And there is nothing left to do but watch this interesting competition.

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